Before any newly hired staff members can provide care to Illinois nursing home residents, the state and federal government require they be fingerprinted and pass a background check. Unfortunately, not every nursing home administration follows procedures and protocols to ensure background checks have been performed and completed before allowing a newly hired Registered Nurse, Licensed Practical Nurse or Certified Nursing Assistant access to the facility’s patients. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent victims of abuse, mistreatment, and neglect who reside in Illinois nursing facilities like Effingham Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.Effingham Rehabilitation and Health Care Center
This facility is a 62-certified-bed ‘for-profit’ Medicare/Medicaid-accepted Home providing nursing services and cares to residents of Effingham and Effingham County, Illinois. The Center is located at:
1610 North Lakewood Drive
Effingham, Il 62401
As a part of the Peterson healthcare system, Effingham Rehabilitation and Health Care Center offers round-the-clock skilled nursing care and the Peterson Pathways Rehabilitation Program, memory care, and Alzheimer’s care.Effingham Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Both the federal government and the state of Illinois routinely update their nursing home database systems to reflect all opened investigations, safety concerns, filed complaints and health violations. This information can be found on numerous websites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Effingham Rehabilitation and Health Care Center maintains an overall three out of five available star rating in the national Medicare comparison analysis summary system. This includes four out of five stars for staffing concerns, three out of five stars for health inspections and one out of five stars for quality measures. The Effingham County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found a variety of violations, deficiencies, and safety concerns at this nursing facility that include:
- Failure to Properly Prescreened Newly Hired Employees Analyzing Staff as a Part of Their Abuse Prevention Policies
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/10/2013, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "implement its Abuse Prevention Policy regarding pre-employment screening of licensed staff. This had the potential to affect all 40 residents in the facility.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings during a 07/09/2013 Abuse Prohibition Review. “The review found that six licensed staff hired from January 2012 April 2013 did not have a criminal history record check.” These individuals included:
- The Director of Nursing (hired 12/20/2012)
- A Licensed Practical Nurse (hired 12/20/2012)
- A Licensed Practical Nurse (hired 04/17/2013)
- A Registered Nurse (hired 09/25/2012)
- A Registered Nurse (hired 01/13/2013)
- A Licensed Practical Nurse (hired 05/15/2012)
The state investigator interviewed the facility’s Administrator on 06/09/2013 and “found that the facility had not requested non-fingerprint background checks for licensed staff since January 2012.”
- Failure to Follow Procedures and Protocols to Prevent the Spread of Cross Contamination and Infection throughout the Facility
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/10/2013, provide resident care and services in a manner to prevent cross-contamination and the spread of infection within the facility.” The failure by the nursing staff has “the potential to affect all 40 residents in the facility.”
The deficient practice was first noted in investigators’ findings after an observation was made of a Registered Nurse “performing a blood glucose test” on a resident on the morning of 07/08/2013. The registered nurse “placed the meter on the dresser prior to performing the tests and then place the meter on the bed after performing the test.” The RN “left the room and put the meter on the medication cart and proceeded to get a disinfectant cloth to clean the meter.
The registered nurse then “enter another resident’s room… And performed a blood glucose test [...and] placed the meter on the bed prior to performing the test and placed it back on the bed after performing the test.” At no time did the registered nurse “use a barrier for the meter" during the observation.
An observation was made of two Certified Nursing Assistant at 1:10 PM on 07/08/2013 “performing perineal care on [a resident]." One Certified Nursing Assistant “had a bottle of no-rinse perineal wash in her pocket which she placed on the over-the-bed table. The Certified Nursing Assistant stated that “the wash cause that she would be using were already wet with the same no rents wash, but she likes use extra when she does the care so she carries a small bottle of wash with her [...and] she uses no rinse wash on the other residents.”
If you believe your loved one was mistreated, neglected or abused as a patient at Effingham Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers today. Our qualified Effingham knowledgeable attorneys have years of experience in handling cases that involve mistreatment, neglect, and abuse occurring in nursing facilities throughout Illinois.
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